Filming in Highland

The Highlands really is the Scotland of your imagination – a beautiful and inspiring region of ancient landscapes with fascinating history. Whichever part of the Highlands you choose to visit, you will be assured of one thing – a genuine, warm Scottish welcome!


Scotcalder Railway Station, Caithness


The Highland Filming Code of Practice

Please read our Code of Practice before filming in the area


The Highland Council does not issue filming permits. Please read the Code of Practice or contact the Highland Film Commission directly to clarify what permissions and agreements you will need in order to carry out your filming project in the Highlands.

Please read our Road Filming Guidance page here



Top 5 reasons to Film in the Highlands

  1. The Highlands are home to many iconic locations such as towering Ben Nevis, majestic Glencoe, mysterious Loch Ness, and the enchanting Isle of Skye. Our database has over 1,000 fascinating locations awaiting your project.


  1. Looking for production crew and support services? We have over 500 locally based individuals and companies signed up to our Production Guide.


  1. With over 3,000 miles of Highland coastline you are sure to fine the perfect shoreline setting for your shoot.


  1. The media industry is a valuable part of the Highland economy and this is recognised by Highland Council, which is keen to offer assistance to productions in matters such as road closures and traffic management.


  1. The Cairngorm National Park (the UK’s largest national park at 1,748 square miles) crosses the boundaries of five local authority areas. Within the Highland sector you can find Aviemore, a highly popular access point for the park and its ski centre and the Highland Wildlife Park home to Scottish wildlife and endangered animals from the world’s mountains and tundra regions.



Batman, The Dark Knight Rises

The Highlands of Scotland Film Commission works with our Scottish partners Creative Scotland and UK partners British Film Institute to offer a package of support for film productions coming to the area.

Creative Scotland Funding Programmes

Creative Scotland distributes funding for the arts, screen and creative industries from two primary sources, the Scottish Government and the National Lottery. This funding is the means by which they support a portfolio of organisations across Scotland, as well as how they help with the development of individuals, the funding of ideas, new work and projects, and how they deliver specific activity with partners.

In October 2014 Creative Scotland published Film Strategy 2014-17 (PDF), Creative Scotland On Screen, which identifies their priorities for film over the next three years. Working with industry and public partners, the ambition envisaged by the Strategy is to generate the conditions necessary to position the film sector at the heart of Scotland’s economic and cultural life and to achieve the ambitions set out in Creative Scotland’s ten-year Strategic Plan in the context of film.

For more information please visit the Creative Scotland site here